Some of the best catfish bait such as guts, worms, and cutbait catch catfish, as do home-brewed stinkbaits vile enough to turn a vultureâ€™s stomach. But dips, doughs, chunks, and other prepared baits offer convenience, reduce waste, and increase your catches. We sifted through the options to bring you the following 10 picks for hooking whiskers.
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10 Best Catfish Bait Optionsby | November 14th, 2013 0
Berkley Gulp! Catfish Shad Guts
Sporting random intestinal shapes, realistic bloody colorations, and patented Gulp! fish-attracting scent, these fake guts put an end to scooping the innards out of hapless shad to sucker hungry cats. Just glom a gob around a 1/0 to 4/0 treble or baitholder, secure it on the barbs, and youâ€™re set. Available in 1.2-ounce, re-sealable packs. Click Here to View Product!Berkley PowerBait Catfish Chunks
Studies in simplicity, these cubes are easy to fish. But more importantly, theyâ€™re formulated by Berkleyâ€™s scientists to tempt catfish three times faster than standard doughballs. Available in liver, blood, and fish flavors, in 6-ounce packages. Click Here to View Product!Bowkerâ€™s Catfish Bait
A staple of diehard catmen for decades, Bowkerâ€™s dip excels on dip worms, tubes, and sponge strips, which the company also carries. You can also coat natural baits such as shrimp with it for extra flavor. Itâ€™s available in original, blood-, shrimp-, and shad-added versions, which let you tailor taste to season and conditions. The blood bait, for example, is deadly on dog-days channels, while the shad scent shines in cool water after ice-out. Click Here to View Product!Catfish Charlieâ€™s Dip Bait
An extra-sticky dip, Charlieâ€™s molds on and sticks to hooks, tubes, worms and other baitholders with ease. Available in 12- and 36-ounce tubs, in cheese, blood, and shad variations. As with other dip baits, Charlieâ€™s shad flavor is particularly productive in cool water. 641/673-7229Docâ€™s Catfish Bait
On the cat scene since 1927, Docâ€™s knows a thing or two about stinkbait. Which explains why the company offers three temperature-driven dipsâ€”an extra-stiff blend for hot weather, an original mix for temps of 70 to 90 degrees, and a cool-weather concoction for temperatures below 70. All are available in 12-ounce, 40-ounce, and gallon-sized containers, in cheese and blood flavors, while liver is an option with the original, in 12-ounce cans only. Click Here to View Product!Magic Bait Hog Wild Catfish Dip Bait
Cat fans seeking traditional thin, fast-oozing stinkbait will appreciate Hog Wildâ€™s ability to quickly infiltrate the water column with cheese, blood, and shad-based aromas. Available in pint-sized jars, itâ€™s a natural for tubes, sponges, netting, and similar delivery systems, but also shines for giving dough baits an upgraded coating. Click Here to View Product!Rippin Lips Leakinâ€™ Livers
Pinch one of these all-natural chunks to activate its scent-dispersal system, and it oozes a fine flavor trail for about an hour. Easily skewered on a 1/0 treble or single baitholder, Leakinâ€™ Livers are available in original chicken liver, blood, garlic, and fish oil options, all sold in re-sealable, 15-bait packs. Click Here to View Product!Strike King Catfish Dynamite
Better known for bass baits, Strike King also whips up this dandy kitty dip. Available in 12-ounce tubs, in cheese and blood flavors, it works well with a number of cat baits, including the companyâ€™s ribbed Dipping Worms. strikeking.comTeam Catfish Secret-7 Dip
Nearly 20 years of tinkering went into the recipe for this sticky, cat-calling dip, which the company purchased from a retired chemist. Rich in fish attractants, the bait bonds with a variety of cat lures, but Team Catfish says itâ€™s especially deadly on its Furry THaNG dip holder. Available in 12 to 64-ounce jars and buckets. Click Here to View Product!Uncle Josh Little Stinker Dip Bait
Famous for pork rinds, Uncle Josh also offers the Little Stinker line of prepared catfish baits, plus rigs for presenting them. Available in blood, chicken, and rotten shad formulations in 16-ounce allotments, the dip is a doozy for delivering a scent trail in flowing water situations, particularly when paired with the companyâ€™s Sticky Worm. unclejosh.com Click Here to View Product!